Religious tourism is among the oldest forms of planned travel and to this day remains a huge industry.
The Bishop of the Algarve in southern Portugal, Manuel Quintas, has decried the “long-standing deep imbalance” in the world economy that has “only been made worse” by COVID-19.
Many major religious pilgrimages have been canceled or curtailed in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Vatican is calling on governments to promote and encourage responsible tourism, particularly in rural and remote areas, as a stimulus to the post-COVID-19 economy.
The Catholic Church held what is being termed as the first online pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
The Holy See Press Office announced that the Vatican Museums and the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo will reopen their doors to the public on June 1.
The Slovenian Catholic Church is making money hand over fist from tourists to the country’s Upper Carniolan and southwest Littoral regions.